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“I am shocked that the office of the superintendent would attempt to prohibit the candidates for the school board from speaking our minds regarding the important issues facing our community, including your performance as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools and the performance of the current school board,” Rhynard’s letter said.
She called it a “highly inappropriate” insertion of Corr’s office into the political process and asked her to retract Bonhart’s request and issue an apology.
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Bonhart said her focus was merely on the term “bashing.”
“I was just trying to maintain an atmosphere of civility,” she said. “I was not trying to steer the conversation.”
Candidate Paul Bradley said the four-candidate “slate” of himself, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris and Karen Wick-Gagnet had also discussed Bonhart’s email.
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“It is kind of disappointing way letter was worded, given that it was coming from a DPS director,” Bradley said. “It felt like it was somewhat trying to influence the temperament of the discourse that’s going to happen, and I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
The other candidates for school board are incumbent Joe Lacey, former board member Ann Marie “Mario” Gallin, and former DPS teacher and administrator Jo’el Jones.